Literacy


Helping your child at home . . . .

Spelling Below we have included our schools essential spelling lists.

Toko School Essential Words for Spelling and Writing

Alphabet  / Blends Below we have included an Alphabet / Blend Key Ring that you could make for your child.  Just print off, laminate, cut up and attach to a key ring.  You can then use these resources: to help your child learn the alphabet letters and their sounds e.g. a is for apple aaa, b is for butterfly bbb. to help your child learn the sounds of each blend. We hope you have fun learning together.

Blends Chart

Basic Sight Words Below we have included basic sight words that children should be learning in their first 3 years at school.  They are learnt in the following order:  red, yellow, blue, green, orange, light blue, purple, gold.  Just print off, laminate, cut up and attach to a key ring.  You can use this resource to assist your child to recall basic sight words quickly.  Talk to your child’s classroom teacher about which colour they should be learning.

Blue Sight Words Green Sight Words Light Blue Sight Words Orange a Sight Words Orange b Sight Words Red Sight Words Yellow Sight Words

Hand Writing In primary schools, the aim of teaching handwriting is to teach each child to write legibly, fluently, without strain, and with sufficient speed for all practical purposes. The main stages in teaching handwriting at primary school generally are:

  • Teaching grip, letter shapes and movements,
  • Teaching ligatures
  • Increasing speed and endurance without loss of quality.
Two important elements of handwriting when children start school is movement and shape.  “It is not the shapes of letters which is of first importance when teaching handwriting.  The prime lesson to be learnt is the way in which the pencil should be moved to form the letters.  Below we have included an overview of how to correctly form lower and uppercase letters.”
Writing Progressions
 Below we have included our schools writing progressions.  These writing progressions are glued into your child’s writing books and are used as a reference point for student and teacher monitoring over the year.  Teachers will share these progressions and where your child is at, at student/parent/teacher learning journey conferences.